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MASA summer picnic (7/10/2000)

A really hot time...

MASA members congregated on Saturday, July 8, at Veterans Park in New Brighton for the 3rd annual MASA summer picnic.  The weather was incredibly hot and humid, but everyone persevered and had a good time.

Over 30 people braved the heat to sit in the shade around the gazebo, talk rockets, eat their fill of picnic fare, look at photos, and make a few transactions at the MASA swap -n- sell.  People started arriving around 4:30 in the afternoon.  After resting awhile, the grill was fired-up, and large quantities of burgers, brats, and dogs sizzled-away.  In typical Minnesota pot-luck fashion, there was more food than the group could possibly eat.

Lots of prizes!

Just after 7pm, Alan Estenson drew for the free "door" prizes.  Eleven free prizes were given away!  The lucky winners were:

  • Nancy Grimm - Estes Alpha kit (donated by MASA)
  • Bradley Jerve - Estes Comanche-3 kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)
  • Brandon Durant - Estes Zinger kit (donated by MASA)
  • Philip Gibbens - Star Wars Sith Infiltrator (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)
  • Mike Martens - Estes Mean Machine kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)
  • Art Gibbens - Estes Athena kit (donated by MASA)
  • Connor Gevaas - PVC launch pad (donated by MASA)
  • Russ Durkee - Estes Bullpup kit (donated by MASA)
  • Mathias Gibbens - PVC launch pad (donated by MASA)
  • Susan Fergus - Star Wars Naboo Royal Starship (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)
  • Michelle Swanson - Star Wars Trade Federation Battleship (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada)

Raffle tickets were exchanged for $1 donations during the picnic with the prize being a PML Phobos rocket kit (donated by Hub Hobby Center, Little Canada).  The winner of this raffle was Kevin Cochran.  All money from the raffle went to pay the $45 permit fee for using the park and to pay for the consumables (plates, cups, etc.) used during the picnic.  Enough money was raised to cover these expenses!

During the picnic, Mike Martens was also awarded a Quest Spin Fin kit for winning the spot landing contest at the last launch.

While we had permission to launch rockets from the softball field, everyone preferred to sit in the shade and save the rockets for the next club launch (a few water rockets did take to the air).  The festivities wound down early in the evening as everyone headed home in search of someplace cool...

A big "Thank You!" to:

  • Art Gibbens for sweating over the hot BBQ and cooking everything to perfection.
  • Russ Durkee for acting as Art's sidekick.
  • Steve Robb for bringing the condiments.
  • Glen Overby and Tom Schmidt for bringing beverages.
  • Chuck Jerve for bringing outdoor toys.
  • Alan Estenson for organizing the whole shebang.
  • Everyone else who helped with the picnic and bought a raffle ticket!

(Alan Estenson)

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